Among the treasures in the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Marin County Civic Center is a brochure titled “San Rafael Illustrated & Described,” from 1884.Drawn by Chris Jorgensen of the San Francisco Art School, that piece of promotional ephemera has been kept in a locked case since 1935, but out it came last fall, into the hands of Novato photographer Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman.Kaufman, who specializes in historic then-and-now pictures, was dispatched to find every location in the brochure to photograph it from precisely the same vantage point, 133 years later.“I went out into the world and looked for those buildings,” says Kaufman, 48, a Marin native and graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo.To find it, she went to city directories from the 1880s and followed the lead to the Sanborn insurance maps, which guided her to San Rafael’s Second Street, where she went looking for traces of a railroad line.When she calculated the location, on a two-block street, she recognized one building from the rear of the illustration, still standing with a peaked roof and tiny square window near the top.The pictures were made with a digital single lens reflex, set to a slow shutter speed.The photo of the planing mill is outside the third-floor offices of the Board of Supervisors, along with a map to find it and a description of Isaac Shaver, the local lumber king.
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